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CPhT Connection - October November 2013

by Laura Humphrey | Dec 16, 2013

November 21, 2013


PTCB Honors CPhT of the Year Master Sergeant Jessica Hughes and Finalists

PTCB recently held a recognition luncheon and ceremony in Washington, DC to honor Master Sergeant Jessica Hughes, US Air Force, CPhT, who was named the 2013 PTCB CPhT of the Year. Finalists Rico Powell, CPhT, and Linda Henson, CPhT, were also recognized during the ceremony. Special guests, members of the PTCB Board of Governors, and staff participated. PTCB Executive Director and CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh, presented commemorative awards to Hughes, Powell, and Henson. "PTCB is very pleased to have this opportunity to recognize these outstanding pharmacy technicians who exemplify leadership, innovation, and a focus on patient care,” said McAllister. PTCB's CPhT of the Year Program launched in 2013 to honor individual achievement in patient safety, service, and mentorship as a way to encourage excellence and innovation among pharmacy technicians.

Not Sure When To Recertify?

Check your deadline to recertify by logging in using the username and password we sent you by email. You or your employer can also view your expiration date and verify your certification status on PTCB's website. When you begin your application, you may wish to refer to PTCB's new Video Recertification User Guide for help with each step of your application, or refer to the Recertification User Guide in a PDF format. Visit PTCB's website to learn more about recertifying.

PTCB Updates the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)

Effective November 1, PTCB replaced the previous Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) with an updated version. Candidates who applied for certification before November 1 are still given the previous version of the PTCE. Candidates applying on or after November 1 will take the updated exam. The updates to the PTCE resulted from PTCB’s latest Job Analysis Study, which involved 25,712 pharmacy technicians from every state and practice setting. Consistent with industry best practices and National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) standards, PTCB conducts this study regularly to evaluate the evolution of pharmacy technician roles. The updated PTCE adds new emphasis to certain knowledge areas, including medication safety and pharmacy information systems, and has nine domains instead of three. Find out what has changed in the PTCE.

New PTCB Practice Test Now Available

PTCB now offers a new PTCE Practice Test built to the same content specifications as the updated PTCE launched on November 1. The new online Practice Test is administered by Pearson VUE and has the appearance and feel of the actual PTCE administered to candidates at testing centers. PTCB released the new Practice Test on December 5.

View PTCB’s Photo Gallery of Pharmacy Teams from National Pharmacy Technician Day!

Thank you for celebrating National Pharmacy Technician Day with PTCB on October 22! Each year, the day highlights the important role pharmacy technicians play in supporting pharmacists in the delivery of safe and effective patient care. More than 100 pharmacy technician teams submitted photos for 2013 by posting them on PTCB’s Facebook page. View the photo gallery.

PTCB Grants More Than Half a Million Certifications

The total number of certifications granted by PTCB recently eclipsed half a million, totaling 503,620 as of June 30, 2013. In 2012 alone, 39,729 candidates passed the PTCE. As healthcare reform is implemented, pharmacists’ responsibilities are evolving to include more direct-patient care, so PTCB CPhTs will increasingly be relied upon to help pharmacists support new information systems and run pharmacy operations. Read the full story.

Order Your 10-Year or 15-Year Anniversary Pin

Visit PTCB’s online store to celebrate your years of service by ordering your 10- or 15-year anniversary pin, as well as your CPhT lapel pin, travel mug, water bottle, and more.

Seeking a Pharmacist To Join Our Staff as Director of Strategic Alliances

PTCB is seeking an experienced licensed pharmacist for the role of Director of Strategic Alliances. This person will lead efforts to maintain and expand PTCB's relationships with state pharmacy associations, state boards of pharmacy, and national pharmacy organizations. The successful applicant will be familiar with regulatory and legislative policymaking and use negotiation and coalition-building to carry out PTCB's mission to develop, advance, and promote PTCB's Program as the national standard for pharmacy technician certification. The Director will also develop and implement outreach strategies to engage PTCB's diverse group of stakeholders. Learn more and apply.



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Create Your CPE Monitor Profile

The CPE Monitor is a national, collaborative effort by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) that allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed CPE credits in a central system. Pharmacy technicians are encouraged to obtain your NABP e-Profile ID now, and register for CPE Monitor, if you have not already done so. Please ensure you correctly set up your e-Profile and regularly update your information.


Resources for Pharmacy Technicians

PTCB does not recommend or endorse specific educational materials for pharmacy technicians; the following are examples of recently-released publications in the marketplace:
Pharmacy Calculations: An Introduction for Pharmacy Technicians 
Understanding Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians 
Workbook for Understanding Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians 

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